Congregation - Upcoming
Shababababa - Friday, December 16New!!

Join us for a dinosaur themed Shababababa on Friday, December 16 starting at 4:30 P.M. Based on the book How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Hanukkah? Shababababa is Beth Shalom's musical service for Pittsburgh families with kids under age 8, led by our own Rabbi Seth Adelson. After the service, stay for a kid-friendly dinner and […]

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I've Always Wondered
What Influential Jewish Fellow Was Born November 27, 1874? Originally Published November 25-26, 2022.New!!

Here is a hint to the answer to our question for those who have heard the story over morning minyan breakfast:  this person was first cousin to the mother of our friend Joe Charny. Dr. Chaim Azriel Weizmann was born in Motol, Belarus, to Ozer & Rachel Leah Weizmann.  He would study biochemistry in Switzerland […]

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Congregation - Upcoming
Congregational Shabbat Chinese Dinner - Friday, December 9

On Friday, December 9, come for Hod veHadar Instrumental Shabbat Services at 6:00 p.m. and then please stay for a Congregational Dinner following services. Dinner is sponsored by the Men's Club and Sisterhood. Registration is required. To RSVP, complete the registration form below. Deadline to register is Friday, December 5. Questions? Contact us at info@bethshalompgh.org.

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I've Always Wondered
Snippets. Originally Published November 18-19, 2022.

Here we address a few questions we have received whose answers do not necessarily require a full column. When do we begin counting sheloshim, the 30 days after someone passes away?  The day of the funeral (the day of burial) is Day 1.  This is also how we count shiv’ah, the seven days of mourning. […]

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I've Always Wondered
Can Humor Elevate a Soul? Originally Published November 10, 2022.

We have already discussed how study can elevate the soul of a lost loved one, doubly if we say the Kaddish DiRabbanan after studying since the Mourner’s Kaddish is embodied therein. Some say that a similar path toward elevation is fond remembrance of time together.  This year, your correspondent has been remembering the eleven we […]

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